Meeting with Show Racism the Red Card

Published on Thursday 11th March, 2010 by Celtic Trust

Representatives of the Trust met today (11/3/10) with the organisation SRtRC. This is the second such meeting - the first one being over two years ago when we raised the issue of the infamous famine song. The meeting initially discussed the Trust's view that SRtRC had failed to react to the Famine Song until long after it had been condemned by a wide range of politicians and the media. On that basis, the view of the Trust was that the organisation was picking and choosing which acts of racism to respond to. The representatives of SRtRC outlined their activities and educational programmes which includes discussion of anti-Irish racism. There then followed a wide ranging discussion about the work of the campaign and the Trust indicated its support for the campaign in principle but indicated that their new focus on religious intolerance needs to be clearly thought through and have a proper full definition of sectarianism which should not be confused with taking a political stance in relation to Ireland. A number of examples of this were discussed and the meeting then ended with an assurance by the Trust that we were open to approaches by the SRtRC to take part in future initiatives.


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